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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group.

Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts. Columbia sent a promotional EP, Live Bootleg, to radio stations in October, and followed with BÖC's second album, Tyranny & Mutation, in February 1973. Their third album, Secret Treaties, was released in April 1974 and became their first to break into the Top 100 bestsellers. (It eventually went gold.) BÖC released a live double album, On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February 1975.

In May 1976 came their fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, including the Top 40 (Top Ten on some charts) hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (featured in the classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween), which became their first gold and then platinum album. (On Your Feet went gold shortly after.) BÖC's sixth overall album, Spectres, was released in October 1977 and went gold in January 1978. In September 1978 came a second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, which eventually would become BÖC's second million-seller, followed by the studio album Mirrors in June 1979. A year later, BÖC released its ninth album, Cultosaurus Erectus, with the gold Fire of Unknown Origin, containing the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You," following in June 1981.

In the summer of 1981, drummer Albert Bouchard was replaced by the band's tour manager and lighting designer, Rick Downey. BÖC's third live album, Extraterrestrial Live, was released in April 1982, followed by the studio album The Revolution by Night in October 1983. Downey left in 1984 and was replaced in 1985 by Jimmy Wilcox. The same year, Lanier left and was replaced by Tommy Zvonchek. BÖC released its 13th album, Club Ninja, in January 1986. Bassist Joe Bouchard left in 1986 and was replaced by Jon Rogers. In 1987, Lanier returned to the group, and Ron Riddle replaced Wilcox on drums. BÖC's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final new album on Columbia Records in July 1988. BÖC scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddle on drums. In 1994, Blue Öyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album of re-recorded favorites, in connection with the use of their music in the TV miniseries of horror novelist Stephen King's The Stand. Numerous lineup changes ensued throughout the '90s (as the band kept on touring the world), and in 1995, were the subject of a double disc anthology, Workshop of the Telescopes.

By the late '90s, BÖC had signed with the CMC label, resulting in their first album of all-new studio material in ten years, 1998's Heaven Forbid, and three years later The Curse of the Hidden Mirror. The group's music reached a whole new generation of hard rock fans when Metallica covered the BÖC classic "Astronomy" for their best-selling Garage Inc. album in 1998, as a few other best-of collections surfaced around the same time -- Super Hits and Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best Of. In 2001, Columbia/Legacy reissued BÖC's first four releases with a newly remastered sound and added bonus tracks. ~ William Ruhlmann & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Don't fear the reaper
saw them so many times. best concert EVER!
Blue Öyster Cult IS the thinking man's heavy metal group
How is Pink Floyd a Similar Artist? I love Pink Floyd Though
More cowbell
You think Peta gets mad when we shoot missiles at Godzilla
Dont fear the reaper was the opening credits song in the game Riper from the 90s for DOS
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Come on B.O.C. Take Me Away!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Have always wondered do the Japanese take offense to Blue Oyster Cult song Godzilla? I hope not it's just a kick a** rock song!
If you like Blue Oyster Cult, LISTEN TO THE CLUB NINJA ALBUM. FANTASTIC!!!
hockeybd13
I got a fever, and the only prescription is.... More cowbell!!
Spectres best album by far, with Mirrors right behind IMHO. The Vigil and I am the Storm Rock!!
More cowbell!!!!
Even after even after all these years Godzilla is such a baadass song!!!
Thinking man heavy metal? Lol. Oxymoron.
song6garden
Will F changed my entire perception of this song! MORE COW BELL!
Needs more COWBELL!
Agreed @BrettBadger burn those mother f.u.c.k.e.r. s !
BOC is playing near me on Halloween... But I can't go....
milosdad
These guys were great players. Have been listening to some of their older stuff and you can hear some jazz influences.
Need to drop Godzilla on those Isis assswipes.
Godzilla is one of the best songs BOC did, but i cant get Pandora to play it!
Good God! I'm an Old Man!
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
Godzilla
Then Came The Last Days of May.
boc a longevity band..get em buck dharma
tomlees721
the best song is She's As Beautiful As A Foot' where is it listed
This is the definition of "classic rock " what a great tune .
jcarnes127
I'm still upset that Don't Fear the Reaper wasn't a Mass Effect achievement.
by starlight the heaviest will rise up
i need more Cowbell !!! ah yeah
Godzilla and Don't Fear The Reaper are by far my favorite songs by Blue Oyster Cult.
Not Neuf cowbell.
Loved Mirrors in my '72 240Z driving around San Diego in a pointless search for companionshi p . Life sucks.
I'm happy for you
My heart is black and my lips are cold and my blood is green.
A CLASSIC!!!!! !
MORE COWBELL
Not enough cowbell.
eddie.price1 5
More Cowbell!!
Missed the boat with all of this information
If Godzilla, Reaper or S.on of reaper ( Burnin for you) are your songs, it is no wonder you are the cause of their demise!
After 60+ shows and growing up on Long Island you make me laugh.
Long live Donald and Albert the heart of BOC.
Godzilla is one of the best
I've been a B.O.C. fan since the 1st time I heard Godzilla, but where is Buck Dharma's solo album "Flat Out"?
mruebinger2
I agree completely.. . . G O D Z I L L A ? Not even a mention?!
I saw em play in east cm in 70s
mattanddonna
Going to see them this Friday at Mohegan Sun!! STOKED!
AHHH! I LUV DA 70'S WHO AGREES
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